THE SEMINAR LEADERS

Alison Young is the Francine V. McNiff Professor of Criminology at the University of Melbourne. She is also a Professor of Law at City University, London, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, Southern Cross University. She has held numerous visiting professorships including at New York University, Birkbeck College, University of London, State University of New York at Buffalo and has been a visiting research fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University and was the Karl Loewenstein Fellow in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College.

Professor Young works at the intersection of law, aesthetics and urban studies with a particular interest in graffiti and street art. Broadly, her research engages with the ways in which we live in and govern contemporary city spaces. She has published widely in the fields of criminology, law and society and law and aesthetics; her most recent book is Street Art World (Reaktion Books, 2016). At the University of Melbourne, she is a member of the executive of the Research Unit in Public Cultures, an interdisciplinary group of academics, artists, policymakers and urban designers interested in communicative cities, mobility, networked cultures, and public space.

James Martel is Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University. From 2013-2016 Professor Martel was the President of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities. In 2019 he received the James Boyd White Award for lifetime achievement in Law and Humanities scholarship. He has held numerous visiting professorships, most recently at the Department of Rhetoric at University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Martel works at the intersection of political, legal and critical theory. He has written widely on the work of Thomas Hobbes, Hannah Arendt, Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin; and on the history of anarchist philosophy and politics. He is the author of seven books, including a trilogy of books on Walter Benjamin: The One and Only Law, Walter Benjamin and the Second Commandment (Michigan 2014); Divine Violence: Walter Benjamin and the Eschatology of Sovereignty (Routledge,  2011); and Textual Conspiracies: Walter Benjamin, Idolatry and Political Theory (Michigan, 2011). His most recent book is: Unburied Bodies: Subversive Corpses and the Authority of the Dead (Amherst College Press, 2018).